I have been getting a lot of questions lately about how best to use Acrobat 3D with the 3D Toolkit. There is a simple way to go about this…
If you start by creating your 3D PDF with Acrobat 3D, you can push a 3D model from the PDF document over to the 3D toolkit for round-trip editting. Here’s how to go about it:
- Open Acrobat 3D and create a new PDF file from a 3D model
- Select either U3D v1 or U3D v3 as the geometry storage format in the Conversion Settings Dialogue
- Activate the 3D Annotation containing the 3D model
- Launch the 3D Annotation’s context sensitive menu
- Select ‘Edit in 3D toolkit’
- Use 3D Toolkit features to edit the model as desired
- Choose ‘Save’ under the "File" menu. This will push the U3D file with the changes back to the original PDF file.
- Go back to Acrobat 3D and activate the 3D Annotation
- You should now see the changes you made in the toolkit
You can keep both of the applications up and make multiple ‘Edit > Save" sequences in the 3D Toolkit as you like.
Here is a Flash Video that shows how to do this.
(~4 minutes, opens in new window, optimized for 800×720 pixels)